The Plano West Senior HS (Tex.) product, is the second running back to join the class behind Solomon Vault (who will likely see time in the slot). Four-star in-state talent Justin Jackson could still verbal to NU.
The news was broken on Rivals.com message boards, when the username "manderson4676"–apparently a relative of Auston's–wrote: "After many hours of review, discussion and prayer, [Auston] has chosen Northwestern for his future."
It picked up heat on Twitter before the Northwestern site InsideNU.com first "tweeted" confirmation (that it was not a hoax) shortly after 1 p.m. PurpleWildcats.com received official word moments later.
The 5-11, 180 lb. back chose NU over offers including Arizona, Nebraska, Stanford, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA. He claims a 10.95 100-meter time, and follows in the footsteps of recent backfield success from NU.
An NU blogger acutely pointed out that Venric Mark set the standard. Listed at 5-8, he "showed that size can't stop you from being All-American." This is true. Recent successes provide the template for future ones, something Warren Long spoke to Purple Wildcats about in March.
Because the five-year program signed 19 recruits in 2013, this class is expected to be smaller—ranging between 15 and 17 pledges. The core shaped up earlier than it did last season, and this marks one of the busiest recruiting weeks in recent memory.
On Friday, Tommy Doles made the call. Dareian Watkins made Monday pleasant for Wildcats fans. Plus, running back depth is never considered a bad thing. It's another big day for the program, one in which recruiting success is finally mirroring the results.